I am so pleased to welcome you to my stop on the This Heart of Mine tour! This was my first Brenda Novak read and I can’t believe I waited this long!!
Title: This Heart of Mine
Series: Whiskey Creek #8
Author: Brenda Novak
Age Range: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 400 pages
Publisher: Mira | Harlequin
Publication Date: March 31st 2015
Available Formats: Hardcover, E-book
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First love. Second chance?
As the daughter of a hoarder, Phoenix Fuller had a tough childhood. So when the handsome, popular Riley Stinson became her boyfriend in high school, she finally felt as though she had something to be proud of. Phoenix was desperate not to lose him—especially once she found out she was pregnant. Yes, she might have acted a bit obsessive when he broke up with her. But she did not run down the girl he started dating next!
Unfortunately, there was no way to prove her innocence. Now, after serving her time in prison, Phoenix has been released. All she wants to do is return to Whiskey Creek and get to know her son. But Jacob’s father isn’t exactly welcoming.
Riley doesn’t trust Phoenix, doesn’t want her in Jacob’s life. He is, however, ready to find someone to love. And he wants a good mother for his son. He has no idea that he’s about to find both—if they can forgive the mistakes in their past…
“Hello, I’m your mother.”
She’d practiced saying those words so many times and still almost choked up. Only by sheer will did she manage to retain control. “You can call me Phoenix, though, if that feels more natural to you. I don’t expect…” Her tongue seemed so thick and unwieldy, she could hardly speak. “I don’t expect you to do anything you don’t want to do, not when it comes to me.”
- Though 8th in the Whiskey Creek series this book reads just fine as a stand alone:) I was so happy that I could just dive right in.
- The small town setting – I love small town settings…all the personalities, the fact that everyone knows everyone else’s business and the fact that in most cases people end up sticking together but sometimes that’s not until after they’ve done some serious damage to each other.
- The guys are real Southern gentlemen – Despite perhaps feeling otherwise…they seem to always do the right thing.
- The sweet and slow second chance romance – I love the way that second chance romances allow for a real connection between the characters without ever having to feel rushed.
- Phoenix’s back story – I really felt for her and thought it added so much more depth to her character.
- Jacob’s openhearted nature…he welcomes the chance to get to know the mother he’s never met and is the first to trust his instincts and trust her.
- How selfless and forgiving Phoenix was – she’s an amazingly kind individual despite all the hardship she has experienced
- How selfless and forgiving Phoenix was – yes this goes both ways. She was almost too sweet and forgiving. I really wished she had shown a bit more spine…but then she wouldn’t be who she was.
- Sort of ties into the above – I found it hard to believe that she didn’t fight harder to avoid being convicted all those years ago or to share her story after the fact.
- I wanted a bit more of a resolution with Phoenix’s mother. I felt like that part of her story was not fully complete.
A warm and cozy story that flowed at a perfect pace. The characters were well developed and relateable, the plot mostly believable and the romance beautiful and sweet. I definitely recommend this to lovers of small town romance.
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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Brenda Novak has penned over 45 novels. A two-time Rita nominee, she’s won The National Reader’s Choice, The Bookseller’s Best, The Bookbuyer’s Best and many other awards. She runs an annual online auction for diabetes research every May at www.brendanovak.com. To date, she’s raised over $2 million. Brenda considers herself lucky to be a mother of five and married to the love of her life.
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